We are going crazy on the rainbow-themed foods lately, but (with a couple exceptions) we’ve been trying to keep things easy & healthy – which isn’t hard considering how many colourful fruits & vegetables there are! This Rainbow Smoothie Recipe was a total hit with my crew, and I hope you love it, too!
This rainbow smoothie recipe comes on the heels of our rainbow spaghetti and rainbow salsa recipes – which are both healthy and delicious recipes the whole family will love. I’m really trying to emphasize the importance of “eating a rainbow of fruits & vegetables” these days because I find the kids can sometimes get in a rut with only wanting one or two vegetables, and variety is needed to get a good assortment of vitamins and nutrients.
This rainbow smoothie is a super easy option for breakfast, or as a healthy snack option. To save time in the morning, you could even gather up the ingredients and store them in a few containers or mason jars (like I did) and then whip them up in the morning. (I personally would leave blending the smoothies until right before you want to enjoy them.)
I love how this rainbow smoothie transitions to deliver different flavours throughout. It keeps things interesting so you don’t get bored drinking it, and if you don’t like a flavour level, you’re just motivated to drink it faster to get to the next flavour!
Now, we tried to make a separate blue smoothie for this rainbow smoothie recipe, but it just wasn’t happening. I’ve been told that some acai berry powders can turn a smoothie blue, but I haven’t tried for myself. None of my kids minded or even pointed out the lack of a blue layer, but if you’re worried about it, you can always add a bit of blue food dye to some yogurt. (We used to use a great natural blue dye made from cabbage, but I think the company closed.)
How to Make Rainbow Smoothies
First, gather up smoothie-friendly ingredients in each colour of the rainbow!
This is what we went with, but feel free to substitute in your own preferences. We went a little heavy on the fruits this time, but I think we’ll try to incorporate a few more vegetables now that I know rainbow smoothies are such a hit!
- Red: Strawberries & raspberries (half cup of each)
- Orange: Oranges (1 orange plus a bit of juice from the strawberries)
- Yellow: Pineapple (1 cup plus 3 Tablespoons greek yogurt)
- Green: Kiwi, green apple, and spinach (2 kiwis, 1/2 apple and 1 cup baby spinach plus 2-3 Tablespoons greek yogurt)
- Blue: Didn’t work but we tried 1 cup of blueberries with 1/2 cup greek yogurt
- Purple: Grapes (1 cup plus 1-2 Tablespoons greek yogurt)
You can also optionally add in a bit of flax seed or flax meal for some added fiber.
Simply puree each combination, giving the blender a quick rinse in between smoothie colours.
Slowly pour a layer of each colour into a clear serving glass (if you pour too fast they will just blend and not stay in separate layers).
What would you add to your rainbow smoothie recipe? I’d love to hear if anyone successfully incorporates a few more vegetables into their versions!